Title: The Girl In Between
Author: Laekan Zea Kemp
Blurb: Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.
But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.
I really wanted to like this book, I’d seen the good reviews and the premise seemed interesting… you know what’s coming…
It was a little bit of a let down. I’m not sure on what I was expecting but I don’t think it was this.
What first put me off Bryn a little was after waking from a long sleep she said that “looking like shit” was the worst part, not the whole sleeping for weeks thing. The second thing was how she didn’t call Felix out on being an asshole, which he was:
”Yes,” he said. “In case your mom hasn’t had the talk with you yet that’s kind of what [breasts] they’re for. You know, turning men into dribbling, fumbling jackasses and controlling the world and shit.”
Or breasts are for breastfeeding and it’s very patriarchal and sexist to suggest they exist just for men’s pleasure.
There was also a load of boy talk/boy trouble/etc. etc., in the book and I do admit my eyes started to skim because hey, I thought this was about alternative realities and stuff, but nope, boy troubles.
Thankfully, we do get some spooky stuff but unfortunately it doesn’t get resolved because we have to finish on a bloody cliffhanger. We don’t find out anything about Eve, the shadows and we don’t even get to follow Bryn to Germany.
Overall, I was actually going to give this three stars but on reflection I’ve decided to knock it down to two. Maybe if there hadn’t been a cliffhanger and there’d been less boy troubles and more alternative reality/shadow stuff then I would’ve gone higher.
This would probably be a good book for people who love YA but it’s not for me.